Join energy leaders, top-level business executives, policymakers and thought leaders from around the world for the Asia-Pacific Energy Leaders’ Summit in Wellington, New Zealand, 16-17 March.

Resiliency – the theme of this event – is emerging as a clear priority for both the private and public sectors.

The summit, which is jointly hosted by the World Energy Council and the BusinessNZ Energy Council, will explore how Asia-Pacific energy systems can build resilience and prepare for the new normal.

“Bringing business and policymakers together in this unique fashion is a vital step forward in finding solutions to building resilience in the Asia-Pacific region. I look forward to being part of this leading edge discussion and discovering pathways to the future.”

Dr Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council.

By getting business practitioners and policymakers in the same room, it will provide a unique platform to:

  • better understand the growing resiliency risks and challenges presented by climate change, emerging technologies, extreme weather events, cyber security, and the energy-water-food nexus
  • share insights and lessons about what can be done to address them, including solutions available to the Asia-Pacific region
  • influence regional policy settings with key decision-makers from around the Asia-Pacific region
  • place participants at the leading edge of knowledge on resiliency.

Summit highlights include:

  • Opportunity to network at the highest level
  • Keynote sessions and panel discussions
  • Visit to Meridian Energy’s West Wind farm set in the hills above Wellington
  • Roundtable sessions for Ministers and CEOs (invitation only)
  • Opportunity to explore one of the world’s greatest tourist destinations.

While visiting New Zealand, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the New Zealand Festival, world class food and wine, and a wide range of activities and accommodation.

Called the world’s ‘coolest little capital’ Wellington is known for it’s vibrant arts scene, world class cafe and restaurant culture, and active outdoor lifestyle. A creative, cosmopolitan city, Wellington combines the sophistication of a capital with the warmth and personality of a village.

“Energy system resilience is key to supporting and growing a vibrant economy. The Asia-Pacific Energy Leaders’ Summit offers an opportunity for dialogue on transitioning to more sustainable and resilient energy systems, and I look forward to taking part.”

Hon Simon Bridges, NZ Minister of Energy and Resources


Key Speakers

Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council

Ray Brown, Transmission, Distribution and Renewables Manager, AECOM

David Caygill, Chair, BEC

Mark Binns, Chief Executive, Meridian

Greg Skelton, Chief Executive, Wellington Electricity

Ralph Sims, Professor of Sustainable Energy, Massey University and Director, Centre for Energy Research

Simon Bridges, Minister of Energy and Recourses and Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues

Dr Vincent Tidwel, lDistinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Laboratories

Xiaotao Cheng, Vice Chairman, Flood Risk Management Committee, International Association of Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research and deputy secretary general of GWP China

Christina Bu, Secretary General, Norwegian EV Association,

Bryna Lipper, 100 Resilient Cities

Mark Coughlin, Leader, Australian Energy, Utilities and Mining, PwC

Dr Phyllis Yoshida, Senior Advisor, U.S. Department of Energy and Lead Shepherd, APEC Energy Working Group

Cecilia Tam, Deputy Vice-President, Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC)

Li Zhu, Professor, Tianjin University

Toby Stevenson, Independent energy consultant

Mike Underhill, Chief Executive, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)

Pattrick Smellie, Founder, BusinessDesk

Steve Alesech, Biofuels Manager,Z Energy

Alison Rowe, Global Executive Director Sustainability, FUJITSU

Kazuyuki Iwata, Chief Engineer, Smart Community Planning Office, Honda Motor Co Ltd